What Gives in Moldova?

Only last week, following the Russian decision to turn of Moldova’s gas supply along with Ukraine, Alex and I were asking ourselves the question: whatever happened to Moldova.

Well here comes the answer, from Randy McDonalds Live Journal, they are either growing wine or leaving it seems:

Moldova, as it happens, shares with Georgia a long tradition of wine-growing, something that ensured Moldova a prestigious position in the domestic wine supplies of the former Soviet Union….

Why wouldn’t mass emigration be a perfectly rational solution for Moldovans tired of their poverty? Moldova’s work force might be depleted, true, but the Moldovans abroad enjoy higher living standards while the Moldovans remaining behind benefit from the fact that their country stands just behind Tonga in the percentage of its GDP derived from remittances, in Moldova’s case by the million or so people scattered across the Russian Federation, Romania, Turkey, and southern Europe.

This sort of mass emigration isn’t going to help Moldova develop securely, though. It will help Moldova become a depopulated periphery, true, with its potential work force gone off to work in larger and wealthier countries,
leaving the old behind to tend the country through its collapse, but it won’t help Moldova grow.

Randy also makes a very positive comparison between Estonia’s recent history and what just happened to Ukraine.

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Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".

2 thoughts on “What Gives in Moldova?

  1. Perhaps it would be better if all the Transdniestrians went back to Russia, where perhaps they would be better off, and with company that suits them.

    That way Moldovans would at least have more land to share, and more security.

  2. Ethnic cleansing is no solution. Transdnestria’s problem is that, as the core of the Moldavian ASSR, it was never united in a single unite with ex-Romanian Bessarabia until the time of the Second World War. It was Ukrainian territory. Therein a solution?

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